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Jars of Clay
     

Jars of Clay

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by Jars of Clay
 

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Honest, intense, poetic, and harmonic, Jars of Clay took the Christian music world by storm with this 1995 debut and never looked back. With sonic influences as diverse as Gregorian chants, mandolin, and gothic layered vocals, JARS OF CLAY was a refreshing break from the pessimism and alterna-angst that dominated the mid-'90s music scene. Even more amazing is how well

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Honest, intense, poetic, and harmonic, Jars of Clay took the Christian music world by storm with this 1995 debut and never looked back. With sonic influences as diverse as Gregorian chants, mandolin, and gothic layered vocals, JARS OF CLAY was a refreshing break from the pessimism and alterna-angst that dominated the mid-'90s music scene. Even more amazing is how well the music stands up over time. "Liquid" and "Flood," with their soaring strings and rich harmonies, are as much a revelation today as they were on first hearing. Fans have credited Jars with reinventing the acoustic guitar, and while that may be a bit of a stretch, the symphonic blend of six-string, cello, violin, and oboe in a rock song is certainly cutting-edge. Lyrically, Jars tackle such heavy subjects as child abuse and spiritual apathy, always steering clear of Christian lingo -- were it not for the title of "Love Song for a Savior," one would think it addresses an earthly lover. Their lyrical tightrope brought the band a crossover audience, but the Jars of Clay legacy runs deeper than multi-platinum sales: Dozens of post-Jars bands subsequently lightened up on the Christianese, paving the way for artists such as Third Day and Jennifer Knapp. Lisa Zhito

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Chrispell
Jars of Clay manage to put a bit of spirit into their rock & roll. But the spirit isn't one of deceased loved ones or demons, but of religious enlightenment. This album revolves around the band's Christian beliefs, but never comes off as preachy or judgmental. It includes the hit "Flood" and also covers such topics as child abuse and the manipulation of modern man. Produced with the help of Adrian Belew, this album shines.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/24/1995
Label:
Essential
UPC:
0012414158024
catalogNumber:
41580

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jars of Clay   Primary Artist
Adrian Belew   Bass,Mandolin
Ronn Huff   Conductor
John Catchings   Cello
Carl Gorodetzky   Violin
Jim Grosjean   Viola
Sam Levine   Recorder
Craig Nelson   Bass
Pamela Sixfin   Violin
Bobby G. Taylor   Oboe
Jonathan Yudkin   Fiddle,Mandolin
Dan Haseltine   Vocals
Matt Bronleewe   Acoustic Guitar
Charlie Lowell   Organ,Piano,Background Vocals
Stephen Mason   Bass,Guitar,Background Vocals
Noah Evens   Violin
Matt Odmark   Guitar
Tim Smith   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Adrian Belew   Producer,String Arrangements
Ronn Huff   String Arrangements
Jars of Clay   Producer,Art Direction
Dan Haseltine   Programming
Matt Bronleewe   Arranger
Charlie Lowell   Engineer
Noah Evens   Engineer,String Arrangements
Robert Beeson   Executive Producer,Art Direction
Jeff Borders   Arranger
Jon Easterling   Engineer
Matt Odmark   Programming
Josh Cougle   Inspiration
Miguel DeJesus   Inspiration

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Jars of Clay 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
These guys have it all. They rock, and they still stay true to the mission behind their music: spreading Gods love. Everyone I know, from myself (I prefer hard rock and punk) to my mom (who only listens to classical) to my best friend (who mostly listens to rap) have this Jars of Clay cd as on of their favorite 3 albums of all time. They're just one of those rare bands that everyone can listen to. Thank you Jars.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Incredible songs that are deep down and honest about emotions. I love each and every song, not just ''flood''. Flood isn't even the best song on the cd, there's so much more on there.
Heavy_Metal_Sushi More than 1 year ago
This is one of the first few CDs I ever owned, back when I was like 12 or 13. My dad ordered it for me along with Newsboys-Take Me To Your Leader while joining up with the BMG music club back in the day. I always really enjoyed this album. It was a good mentally & physically relaxing CD that I often listened to after long or stressful days at school or whatever. I have liked many Jars of Clay albums since, but this is without a shadow of a doubt still my favorite album of theirs to this day. I highly recommend this CD to absolutely anyone! Below is a couple of other good albums by them (out of several), and a few other classic albums/bands that I also recommend. God bless all!
Guest More than 1 year ago
is the only word I can think of to describe this CD. The opening song "Liquid" is one of the most inspirational song I've heard in a while.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you love music then this self-titled CD is for you. Jars of Clay combines music with flowing sounds of an orchestra to create a not so typical rock band sound. With the powerful lyrics of songs such as ''Flood'' and ''Liquid,'' this cd will appeal to anyone, regardless of music preference.
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GOOD.
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